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Director's Message (Special Naturalist Edition)

Cannon River STEM School was awarded 1st place at a maple syrup contest held at the annual Minnesota Naturalists Association conference, this year held at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center. This honor was given after the syrup was tested by Naturalists and other environmental educators from around the state. 

Every year, 3rd grade students at CRSS work hard to learn about trees of Minnesota, as well as the cultural and modern tradition of tapping maple trees for sap, and turning that sap into syrup. The process takes place around March, and requires students to correctly identify maple trees, to learn how to safely "tap" the tree without damaging it, and then taking responsibility for collecting the sometimes very heavy buckets of sap. 

During the "sugaring season", 3rd graders also learn about the cultural role that maple syrup and sugar plays for the Dakota and Ojibwe people, who not only discovered and perfected the process in this region, but also who have continued the tradition on the land we call Minnesota for generations.

Lastly at the end of the season, 3rd grade students assist with collecting enough firewood in order to boil the sap down outdoors until it has lost about 65% of the water content, leaving delicious and "award winning" syrup. The syrup is then enjoyed at the end of the season at a celebratory "pancake party", which this year for our 3rd graders, will taste even sweeter!

Recent News

CRSS Board Meeting Date Change

CRSS May Board Meeting Change of Date

Due to the 8th Grade Graduation, the regular May Board Meeting will be moved up to Monday, May 20th at 6:30 PM in Ms. Busch’s classroom (4/5-1 in the Middle School Village).
Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair will take place in the gymnasium Monday, May 6-Friday, May 10.
Work Session

Work Session

The CRSS Board of Directors will have a Work Session on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 PM in the 4/5 HR1 Room - MSV Art Room Entrance
Summer Social

Summer Social

Cannon River STEM School is hosting a Spring Social for students and families interested in attending CRSS for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year.
This event will take place outdoors, so dress for the weather.
Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly:

About Us

  • 500 Student Service Hours per Month
  • 300+ Outdoor Hours per School Year
  • 50 Pounds Composted per Day
  • 1+ Miles of Outdoor Trails